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Story Leftovers: Gaming Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 8:55am
Story Linux Lite 2.2 Review – Consumes Low Memory, But Failed to Wake My PC from Sleep Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 8:00am
Story Opensuse linux for education 13.2 — a review Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 7:58am
Story CentOS Rolls Along as openSUSE 12.3 Nears EOL Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 7:51am
Story ​Lollipop 5.01 review: The Android release we've been waiting for Roy Schestowitz 06/12/2014 - 7:49am
Story 10 of the best Android apps from November 2014 Rianne Schestowitz 05/12/2014 - 11:38pm
Story openSUSE 12.3 Is Approaching End of Life Fast Rianne Schestowitz 05/12/2014 - 11:21pm
Story Open Source License, Product or Community? Roy Schestowitz 05/12/2014 - 11:20pm
Story Major AMD Catalyst Linux Update Expected Next Week Rianne Schestowitz 05/12/2014 - 11:17pm
Story Engaging with Open Source Brings Competitive Advantage Rianne Schestowitz 05/12/2014 - 11:08pm

It’s now final: Fedora 12 ditches Pidgin for Empathy

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Linux
Software

digitizor.com: There already has been words about Empathy replacing Pidgin as the default IM client in both Ubuntu 9.10 and Fedora 12. We are not sure whether Ubuntu 9.10 Karmic will have it or not but Fedora 12 is going to have Empathy as it’s default IM client for sure.

Also: Fedora 12 Beta: the final sprint

Designing Labels and Cards with Scribus

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Software
HowTos

blog.worldlabel.com: Scribus is free software page-layout tool applicable to designing all sort of documents: from newspaper ads to fliers to whole books. Because it can precisely position both images and text, it is also the preferred type of tool for designing mailing labels and business cards.

Using Debian Squeeze

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Linux

usalug-org.blogspot: Last Friday I downloaded a daily build of Debian Squeeze and I have been using it since that time. I was not very happy with the default graphical installer;

Absolute Linux 13.0.2

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Linux

desktoplinuxreviews.com: I always admire the effort made by developers to take a version of Linux that isn’t particularly friendly to desktop users and tame it a bit thus making it available to a wider audience. Absolute Linux is one such distro.

What if buying a new car were like using nonfree software?

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OSS

fsf.org/blogs: What if buying a new car were like using nonfree software? While the following example may seem a little far-fetched, it is a pretty good analogy to understand the importance of user freedoms in software.

I'll Use Linux When $App Magically Appears

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Linux

linuxtoday.com/blog: I'm sure you've seen this is as often as I have, even from supposed Free Software advocates: "I can't switch completely to Linux now because I still need this $foo application. When a free alternative appears then I'll switch."

Six Top Screen Capture Tools for Linux

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Software

ostatic.com/blog: Basic screenshot software is really handy to have on hand, even if you don't use it often. If you rely on screengrab tools often, however, you know how important it is to have software with lots of tools and features.

Five ways to ease migration from Windows to Linux

ghacks.net: In this brief series (if two articles can be considered a series) I will help ease the migration from both Windows to Linux and Mac to Linux. Hopefully, upon reading these articles, you will have a good game plan so your migration (or your users migration) will be as seamless as possible.

andLinux: Run Linux Applications Seamlessly In Windows

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Misc

andLinux is a complete Ubuntu Linux system running seamlessly in Windows 2000 based systems (2000, XP, 2003, Vista, 7; 32-bit versions only).

Gpager 0.3 "Scenes From a Memory - Finally Free"

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Software

ploum.frimouvy.org: Gpager is a GPLv2 libwnck pager that just float on your desktop, allowing you to do anything you were doing with you panel pager but bigger and stronger.

0 A.D. Promises Real Gaming for Ubuntu

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Gaming
Ubuntu

workswithu.com: As a history Ph.D. student by day and free-software geek by night, I find that my poles of interest rarely converge. That’s why I was so excited when the real-time historical strategy game 0 A.D.

Happy 9th Birthday OpenOffice.org!

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OOo

blogs.sun.com: Nine years ago today, Oct 13th, OpenOffice.org was called into being. It has been a pretty successful 9 years, with OOo having achieved approx 10% market share and even more in certain segments and countries.

KDE Social Desktop Contest: Freeing the Web

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KDE

earthweb.com: Imagine being able to search for help online without leaving your desktop application. An About dialog you could use to contact the developer. A site where you could post works in progress directly from your desktop for criticism. These are a few of the entries in KDE's recent social desktop contest.

AMD Radeon HD 5750/5770

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Hardware

phoronix.com: Today though AMD is introducing the first midrange graphics cards in the Evergreen family. Under the Juniper codename, the Radeon HD 5750 and HD 5770 are being launched with both graphics cards being quite similar. In this review we have the first Linux-based benchmarks of these two new graphics cards.

RPM New Features

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Software

linux-magazine.com: A few RPM developers from Red Hat and Novell met at the openSUSE Conference 2009 in September. The results of the meeting are now online.

Performous: A Challenging and Fun Karaoke Software for Linux

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Software

junauza.com: I found another cool and fun karaoke software for Linux that I would like to share to everyone. It is called Performous and it's so far one of the best karaoke program that I've tried.

10 Sweet GIMP Photo Editing Tricks to Wean You Off Photoshop

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GIMP
HowTos

maximumpc.com: At $700 for a piece of software, Photoshop's MSRP hardly needs put into perspective. In short, it's expensive. Don't worry if you don't have a handful of Benjamins lying around. Thankfully, you can perform a lot of the same photo editing tricks for free with GIMP.

7 Reasons Why I Have NOT Switched To Google Chrome

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pthree.org: I just finished reading 7 Reasons Why I Switched to Google Chrome from Firefox. I found the article a bit on the fanboy side, and I’ll address each of his points here, while also saying my reasons why I’m still holding on to the Firefox browser as my default browser.

Ubuntu Linux adds private cloud backing

  • Canonical Set to Release Ubuntu 9.10 Server Edition
  • Ubuntu Linux adds private cloud backing

Learning to love KDE 4 (part II)

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KDE

blogs.pcworld.co.nz: The main difference between KDE 3 and KDE 4 is that the former is fixed and static while the latter is dynamic and interactive. For a trivial example of that go to System Settings / Desktop / All Effects and activate Snow. Now hitting the Meta+Ctrl+F12 keys (or Win+Ctrl+F12) will fill your desktop with falling snowflakes.

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    On Monday, we revealed that a security researcher had used a packet sniffer to show that many settings designed to prevent access to the internet were being ignored with connections to a range of third party servers including advertising hubs.

  • What's got a vast attack surface and runs on Linux? Windows Defender, of course
    Google Project Zero's Windows bug-hunter and fuzz-boffin Tavis Ormandy has given the world an insight into how he works so fast: he works on Linux, and with the release of a personal project on GitHub, others can too. Ormandy's project is to port Windows DLLs to Linux for his vuln tests (“So that's how he works so fast!” Penguinistas around the world are saying). Typically self-effacing, Ormandy made this simple announcement on Twitter (to a reception mixing admiration, humour, and horror):
  • Hacked in Translation – from Subtitles to Complete Takeover
    Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via vulnerabilities found in many popular streaming platforms, including VLC, Kodi (XBMC), Popcorn-Time and strem.io. We estimate there are approximately 200 million video players and streamers that currently run the vulnerable software, making this one of the most widespread, easily accessed and zero-resistance vulnerability reported in recent years.
  • A Samba remote code execution vulnerability
    Distributors are already shipping the fix; there's also a workaround in the advisory for those who cannot update immediately.

KDE, Qt, GTK and GNOME News

  • KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS Desktop Environment Released with over 60 Improvements
    KDE has announced today the release and immediate availability of the seventh maintenance update to the long-term supported KDE Plasma 5.8 desktop environment. KDE Plasma 5.8.7 LTS is now considered the latest stable and most advanced version of the KDE Plasma 5.8 LTS (Long Term Support) desktop environment, which some of you out there are probably using on your favorite GNU/Linux distributions instead of a short-lived branch like KDE Plasma 5.9 or the upcoming KDE Plasma 5.10 release.
  • Summer of Coding!
    After a month of dread and panicking about the fact that Google Summer of Code results are announced in the middle of exam season... I'm happy to say I'll be doing the Rust plugin for KDevelop!
  • Qt 5.9 Release Candidate Available For Testing
  • Qt 5.9.0 RC released
    We have released Qt 5.9.0 RC today. You can update it at the top of your Qt 5.9 beta(4) online installation or do clean installation by using qt online installer. Detailed instructions here: https://wiki.qt.io/How_to_get_snapshot_via_online_installer .
  • The Road to GTK+ 4 Continues, New Milestone Adds Initial OS X and Meson Support
    A new milestone was released recently, GTK+ 3.91.0, which adds quite a bunch of improvements and bug fixes, but also some new APIs and compatibility with other supported operating systems besides those based on the Linux kernel. For example, GTK+ 3.91.0 implements initial support for Apple's macOS platform, which will make it possible to run apps written in GTK+ 4 on OS X.
  • Epiphany Browser Updated for GNOME 3.25.2 with New Shortcuts for Switching Tabs
    Ahead of today's GNOME 3.25.2 desktop environment development release, the team of developers behind the Epiphany web browser have released the second milestone towards the Epiphany 3.26 stable series, due out later this year.